|Why is Point du Hoc
This location could launch heavy
artillery to both Omaha and Utah
beaches as well as Navy ships at
sea. Just as important,
cutting off the road to those
beaches prevented a land-based
The Germans never expected any
soldiers to be able to climb the
cliffs to attack. So that's
exactly what the Rangers were
assigned to do.
direction to Omaha Beach to the left
direction to Utah Beach to the right
By May 2010, the edge of Pointe Du
Hoc had deteriorated to the point
that it was being rebuilt and was closed
and fenced off to the public. It was
foggy and the main cliff was not
I travelled 5700 km to see this
cliff and I was not going to let a
fence stop me. I jumped the
fence and ran to the very end of the
cliff where only barbed wire stopped
the advance. But I did get
this picture below. This was easy
because in 2010, no-one was shooting
US Army Rangers scaled these cliffs under intense German fire using
only ropes and later,
skinny but long ladders provided by the London Fire Department.
The heavy artillery was quickly found in a rear area. Their mechanisms were
by the use of
Thermite grenades which melted the mechanics of the guns. This
act undoubtedly saved thousands of lives.
The Rangers arrived 35 minutes behind schedule due to a navigational
That delay gave the Germans time to regroup after the extremely
heavy bombardment as seen above.
This bunker later became Colonel
Rudder's command post.
The US Army Rangers survived four counter attacks.
Col. James Rudder later became President of
Texas A&M University
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